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Navy crowds Iran with air threat

Four US aircraft carriers nearing Iran with Israeli boats; largest flotilla since WW2
The USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Ronald Reagan, nuclear aircraft carriers, may be moving in to the Persian Gulf area now. They will be accompanied by a flotilla of warships, and all will be joining the ships surrounding the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. The "marine carrier" USS Peleliu is also in the Gulf.

US Fifth Fleet Combined Maritime Command, located in Bahrain, said it could not comment on the ship movements, due to "force-protection policy" secrecy.

US warships (a destroyer and a submarine) are also gathering to the West of Iran, passing through the Suez with Israeli capital ships. Kuwait is said to be implementing emergency war measures.

--middle east news sources

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got the url wrong 07.Aug.2008 17:41

theresa mitchell

it's theresaspresswatch.blogspot.com

Ah, Senior Moments...

ships taunting Iran 07.Aug.2008 20:34

gk

Looks to me like our Navy, along with Israel, are taunting Iran. This is probably nothing new as they've probably been doing this for years. It IS scary, however. My son was on the USS Theodore Rosevelt when the first bombing of Iraq began and he was also on it when the island near Puerto Rico was harmed. That's about when RFK jr. joined the protesters at Visques (sp) Island.

I'm glad my son is out and sorry about all the other military personnel.

Yo!!!!!!! you need some education on Iran 07.Aug.2008 23:21

Cyrus's bastard child

All out war with Iran is impossible. Both regimes are weak and under severe pressure from their respective populations. Only 10% or so of Iran's oil and gas revenues, which exceed $100 billion annually is spent domestically. Wanna know why Dubai is blowin' up? Check out all the millionaire family members of the elitist Iranian mullahs who prance around in armani suits and rolls royces. They're flush with cash stolen from the Iranian people.

Look for an "october surprise", Bush II style. The Mullahs were the reason Reagan beat Carter in 1980. Khomeini released the US hostages the day after Reagan and Bush I were inaugurated. Destroyed one of the most popular US presidents ever by making him look like a fool for 444 days.

Pakistani embassy in the US houses a mini Iranian embassy within its building even though, our beloved host thinks US and the Mullahs don't have diplomatic relations.
Look for McCain to die of a heart attack real soon, which would leave no choice for the NeoCons except to bomb and maybe invade southern Iran, call martial law, cancel elections and call Bush in for a third term.

Look for our house speaker to go along with the whole scheme.

Look for the regime in Iran using a conflict with US NeoCons to forcefully solidify itself even more.

Interesting: Israel's PM Ohlmert is out. One of the front runners is a racist Iranian born Jew who has called for the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Palestine. And, an all out war with Iran. He also hates Iran. Jews are very oppressed much like every other ethnic, political, sexual and religious minority in Iran, which may explain his hatred. Even though, our host will tell you the Iranian constitution lists Jews as a protected minority, which is true. The only problem lies in the fact that Tehran's government, much like our government is trying to destroy the national constitution and it treats minorities very severely. Anyone who tells you minorities are protected in Iran has never lived there. Last year an estimated 150,000 ethnic Afghanis were rounded up and sent back to Afghanistan.
Where were you on that one Theresa?

The NeoCon agenda has allowed conservative government around the world to go on killing sprees and Iran is no different. Since, 2000 execution rates have hit record numbers since the massacres of the early 80's. Political activists are routinely accused of collaborating with the US or Israel, are arrested on trumped up or fake charges that carry a death penalty. Iran, US and China are the leading state executioners of the world.

The US media is missing in action when it comes to covering Iran in depth. Surprised? Even Theresa who is such an anti establishment media personality has been dumbed down on Iranian issues, history and politics.

What was David Duke, the white supremacist nut job doing in Iran?

Socialist Party of Iran!!!!!!!!
Long live Mossadegh, long live Bagher Khan, long live Pishevari, long live Bakhtiar!!!!!!!!

and a US puppy in Eurasia provokes Russia 08.Aug.2008 01:30

abrchez

The President of Georgia, Michael Sakaaschwili today started war against sout ossetia, a former part of Georgia. Ossetia is protected by russia.

Russia is already involved in the conflict and bombed Georgia tonight.

May be Sakaaschwili is part of a wider US strategy..

Orwell Spins in His Grave: Plans for Iran Attack Going Ahead? 08.Aug.2008 01:36

Jamie and Reuters

"Western capitals have said Iran now faces a new round of U.N. sanctions after it failed to respond positively to an offer made by six world powers aimed at ending the dispute."

Since when does failing to accept an "offer" (so sweet) result in punishment? Threats are being made not "offers." Such threats are in fact violations of international law themselves!

George Orwell would understand the critical importance of combating this effort at "mind subversion" and of preventing more war. Now is a great time for a reread of 1984. You history and English teachers should teach it now as well (or is such independence no longer allowed at your school)? The current context could not offer a better "teachable moment."




Orwell Spins in His Grave


The dishonesty and trickery is in the words they use to twist the minds of their "subjects." The master of decoding "Newspeak" (propaganda of the powerful) would have had no problem in seeing the "push for war" in the supposed "news item" from Reuters below:

"Western capitals have said Iran now faces a new round of U.N. sanctions after it failed to respond positively to an offer made by six world powers aimed at ending the dispute."

Since when does failing to accept an "offer" (so sweet) result in punishment? Threats are being made not "offers." Such threats are in fact violations of international law themselves!

George Orwell would understand the critical importance of combating this effort at "mind subversion" and of preventing more war. Now is a great time for a reread of 1984. You history and English teachers should teach it now as well (or is such independence no longer allowed at your school)? The current context could not offer a better "teachable moment."

Prevent war. Spread widely now. jamie


Israel mulls military option for Iran nukes
Israel beefs up strike capability, confident it could deal setback to Iran nuclear program
STEVEN GUTKIN
AP News
Aug 06, 2008 17:21 EST
Israel is building up its strike capabilities amid growing anxiety over Iran's nuclear ambitions and appears confident that a military attack would cripple Tehran's atomic program, even if it can't destroy it.



Such talk could be more threat than reality. However, Iran's refusal to accept Western conditions is worrying Israel as is the perception that Washington now prefers diplomacy over confrontation with Tehran.
The Jewish state has purchased 90 F-16I fighter planes that can carry enough fuel to reach Iran, and will receive 11 more by the end of next year. It has bought two new Dolphin submarines from Germany reportedly capable of firing nuclear-armed warheads in addition to the three it already has.
And this summer it carried out air maneuvers in the Mediterranean that touched off an international debate over whether they were a "dress rehearsal" for an imminent attack, a stern warning to Iran or a just a way to get allies to step up the pressure on Tehran to stop building nukes.
According to foreign media reports, Israeli intelligence is active inside Iranian territory. Israel's military censor, who can impose a range of legal sanctions against journalists operating in the country, does not permit publication of details of such information in news reports written from Israel.
The issue of Iran's nuclear program took on new urgency this week after U.S. officials rejected Tehran's response to an incentives package aimed at getting it to stop sensitive nuclear activity setting the stage for a fourth round of international sanctions against the country.
Israel, itself an undeclared nuclear power, sees an atomic bomb in Iranian hands as a direct threat to its existence.
Israel believes Tehran will have enriched enough uranium for a nuclear bomb by next year or 2010 at the latest. The United States has trimmed its estimate that Iran is several years or as much as a decade away from being able to field a bomb, but has not been precise about a timetable. In general U.S. officials think Iran isn't as close to a bomb as Israel claims, but are concerned that Iran is working faster than anticipated to add centrifuges, the workhorses of uranium enrichment.
"If Israeli, U.S., or European intelligence gets proof that Iran has succeeded in developing nuclear weapons technology, then Israel will respond in a manner reflecting the existential threat posed by such a weapon," said Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz, speaking at a policy forum in Washington last week.
"Israel takes (Iranian President) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statements regarding its destruction seriously. Israel cannot risk another Holocaust," Mofaz said.
The Iranian leader has in the past called for Israel's elimination, though his exact remarks have been disputed. Some translators say he called for Israel to be "wiped off the map," while others say a better translation would be "vanish from the pages of time" implying Israel would disappear on its own rather than be destroyed.
Iran insists its uranium enrichment is meant only for electricity generation, not a bomb an assertion that most Western nations see as disingenuous.
Israeli policymakers and experts have been debating for quite some time whether it would even be possible for Israel to take out Iran's nuclear program. The mission would be far more complicated than a 1981 Israeli raid that destroyed Iraq's partially built Osirak nuclear reactor, or an Israeli raid last year on what U.S. intelligence officials said was another unfinished nuclear facility in Syria.
In Iran, multiple atomic installations are scattered throughout the country, some underground or bored into mountains unlike the Iraqi and Syrian installations, which were single aboveground complexes.
Still, the Syria action seemed to indicate that Israel would also be willing to use force preemptively against Iran.
"For Israel this is not a target that cannot be achieved," said Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, former head of Israel's army intelligence.
However, it's unlikely Israel would carry out an attack without approval from the United States.
Recent signs that Washington may be moving away from a military option including a proposal to open a low-level U.S. diplomatic office in Tehran and a recent decision to allow a senior U.S. diplomat to participate alongside Iran in international talks in Geneva are not sitting very well with Israel.
That may help explain recent visits to Jerusalem by Mike McConnell, the U.S. director of national intelligence, and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, each of whom delivered a message to Israel that it does not have a green light to attack Iran at this time.
Senior Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they do not wish to appear at odds with their most important ally, said they were concerned about a possible softening of the U.S. stance toward Iran.
Apparently to allay Israeli concerns, Bush administration officials last week assured visiting Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the U.S. has not ruled out the possibility of a military strike on Iran. And the U.S., aware of Israel's high anxiety over Iran's nukes, is also hooking Israel up to an advanced missile detection system known as X-Band to guard against any future attack by Iran, said a senior U.S. defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions over the issue have not been made public.
With sanctions and diplomacy still the international community's preferred method to get Iran to stop building the bomb, an Israeli strike does not appear imminent.
If it did attack, however, Israel would have to contend with upgraded Iranian defense capabilities, including 29 new Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile systems Iran purchased from Russia last year in a $700 million deal.
Russia has so far not gone through with a proposed sale to Iran of S-300 surface-to-air missiles, an even more powerful air defense system than the Tor-M1. An Israeli defense official said the deal is still on the table, however. This is a big source of consternation for Israel because the system could significantly complicate a pre-emptive Israeli assault on Iran.
Military experts say an Israeli strike would require manned aircraft to bombard multiple targets and heavy precision bombs that can blast through underground bunkers something Israel failed to do in its 2006 war against Hezbollah. It's widely assumed that Israel is seeking to obtain bunker buster bombs, if it hasn't already done so.
Elite ground troops could also be necessary to penetrate the most difficult sites, though Israeli military planners say they see that option as perhaps too risky.
America's ability to take out Iran's nuclear facilities is far superior to Israel's.
Unlike Israel, the United States has cruise missiles that can deliver high-explosive bombs to precise locations and B-2 bombers capable of dropping 85 500-pound bombs in a single run.
Yet the cost of an attack by the U.S., Israel or both is likely to be enormous.
Iran could halt oil production and shut down tanker traffic in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which could send the price of crude skyrocketing and wreck Western economies.
It could stir up trouble for the U.S. in Iraq by revving up Shiite militias there just as Washington is showing some important gains in reining in Iraqi chaos.
It could activate its militant proxies in both Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, from where Israel could come under heavy rocket attack. And it could strike Israel with its arsenal of Shahab-3 long-range missiles something Israel is hoping to guard against through its Arrow missile defense system.
Perhaps most importantly, any strike on Iran especially if it's done without having exhausted all diplomatic channels could have the opposite of the desired effect, "actually increasing the nationalist fervor to build a nuclear weapon," said Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born Israeli and expert on Iranian affairs.
Whether an attack on Iran would be worth its cost would depend on how long the nuclear program could be delayed, said Chuck Freilich, a former Israeli deputy national security adviser and now a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
"A two, three-year delay is not worth it. For a five to 10-year delay I would say yes," he said.
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Associated Press Writers Anne Gearan and Lolita C. Baldor contributed to this report from Washington.
Source: AP News


Six powers haven't agreed on Iran sanctions-Russia

Louis Charbonneau
Reuters North American News Service
Aug 06, 2008 16:38 EST
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia Wednesday contradicted the United States and Britain, saying there was no agreement among six major powers on whether to pursue new U.N. sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program.


Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters: "There have been no firm agreements or understandings or any kind of concerted work in this regard."
Senior foreign ministry officials from Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France and Germany, which are leading efforts to persuade Tehran to freeze its nuclear enrichment, program spoke on the telephone earlier Wednesday.
The United States and Britain said the six agreed to consider possible outlines of a fourth sanctions resolution at the U.N. Security Council since Tehran has yet to clearly respond to their July 19 offer of economic incentives to suspend nuclear enrichment.
Churkin said the issue had not come up in New York and made it clear that he was in no hurry to raise it.
"The main thing to remember (is) that the negotiating track is open, it is being pursued, there are contacts between the parties," he said. "Of course, some parties do raise the issue of sanctions from time to time."
He also said Russia had set no deadline for Iran to respond to the July 19 offer.
"We haven't set any deadlines ourselves for their response and there is ongoing dialogue," he said. "Certainly there is a matter which is going to be discussed ... by the ministers in September."
He said the talks would take place at a meeting of foreign ministers from the six countries on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next month.
Churkin said Russia would have preferred a clear response from Tehran but it's "more complicated than that as we all know. But we do believe that dialogue can continue."
Western countries believe Iran's civilian nuclear program is a front for developing weapons. Tehran denies the charge.
Churkin indicated Iran might still accept the offer, the full details of which have not been made public.
"We certainly do not believe that it is a foregone conclusion that it is not going to be successful," he said. (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; editing by Alan Elsner)
Source: Reuters North American News Service


Again, Stop the Warmongers. Spread Widely now! jamie

US Puppy starts war in Eurasia: 08.Aug.2008 01:45

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